Moral credentials and the expression of prejudice.

@article{Monin2001MoralCA,
  title={Moral credentials and the expression of prejudice.},
  author={B. Monin and D. Miller},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2001},
  volume={81 1},
  pages={
          33-43
        }
}
  • B. Monin, D. Miller
  • Published 2001
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
Three experiments supported the hypothesis that people are more willing to express attitudes that could be viewed as prejudiced when their past behavior has established their credentials as nonprejudiced persons. In Study 1, participants given the opportunity to disagree with blatantly sexist statements were later more willing to favor a man for a stereotypically male job. In Study 2, participants who first had the opportunity to select a member of a stereotyped group (a woman or an African… Expand
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